As a reminder that April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals month, today we’re sharing a video featuring Lt. Alan Borgal, director of the ARL’s Center for Animal Protection. Lt. Borgal emphasizes the link between cruelty to animals and family and community violence and encourages you to contact local authorities if you suspect animal cruelty or neglect. Remember YOU can give a voice to the victims of animal cruelty, if when you see something, you say something!
A very special thanks to GreatGrandPaws for producing the video for us!
Subtle indications that may indicate an animal is at risk
During Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month this April, we want to help the public better understand the importance of reporting suspected animal cruelty to local authorities.
While most members of the public recognize that punching, kicking, burning, choking, or hitting an animal with an object are acts of animal cruelty, there are some more subtle signs to watch for that could indicate mistreatment, neglect, or abuse:
Bruschi, his new fam, staff ,and volunteers on the day he was adopted.
Happy Mutt Monday! Start your week off with a heartwarming update about a lovable dog named Bruschi.
When Bruschi came in to the Animal Rescue League in October of 2013, we knew he was special. This lovable big boy adored human attention and would do just about anything for a hug. He quickly became a staff and volunteer favorite and received that attention he so desperately craved!
It took a little over a month for Bruschi to find a home, but when he did, boy did he score big! He was adopted on November 25, 2013 by Lauren and Tom and had a heartfelt send-off. Since his adoption they’ve kept the ARL staff up-to-date with Bruschi’s daily life and progress.
Here’s their latest note:
“Hi ARL staff!
Bruschi is doing great – He’s truly a part of our family. He is so happy the snow is melting finally, and he loves to play catch with tennis balls! He also loves to cuddle as you see [in the pictures]! He is so gentle and is a big baby. We love him and couldn’t be more grateful that we had the chance to adopt him! We will have to bring him in soon to visit!” - Lauren, Tom & Bruschi
The family out in the snow.
Bruschi is all smiles.
We currently have several very friendly Pit Bull-type dogs available for adoption at our Boston shelter. View them online or stop by during adoption hours, Tuesday – Thursdfay 1p.m.-7p.m. and Friday – Sunday 1p.m.-4p.m.).
All of the animals listed below are patiently waiting for loving human companions to call their own. Will you lend them a paw by sharing their information?
Rio and Sid are a bonded pair of 4-year-old neutered male ferrets looking for a home with room for two! They are very playful and entertaining to watch! When they’re not running around and playing, you’ll often find them napping together.
They’ve been at our Boston shelter for almost two months and it’s about time they found a fun family!
Miss Luna is eagerly waiting to meet you today, so come meet her at our Dedham shelter!
Pebbles is one handsome, young bunny! This 7-month-old rabbit is friendly, curious, and likes to be petted. In his previous home Pebbles was used to spending time in and out of his cage, so he’s mostly litter box trained. He is a netherland dwarf mix and is probably going to stay on the smaller side that he is now.
The 6 month mark is always an exciting time after any pet adoption. By this point a family has had the opportunity to get to know their new pet and they will have made some significant observations about their new buddy.
This is ARL alum Harry Truman, now known as Jackson to his new human companions. He was adopted in September 2013 and his family can’t praise him enough! Here’s what they had to say:
“We love him! He’s so smart, loving and absolutely perfect for us. He does well on and off leash, he passed a dog training boot camp we took him to with flying colors, he’s great with people and other dogs. We couldn’t have been luckier to have found him. We have more pictures of him in 6months than we do together after 2 years!
Jackson is doing great and loving his new home. He’s gotten very comfortable in the car, finally, and is obsessed with Kick Fetch toys, so we play often…and have to keep buying them because he chews them up. Fortunately, that’s the only thing he chews. He still has some separation anxiety when we bring him to day care once a week, but once he’s in the play room he runs around like crazy and forgets all about us.
Thanks again for helping us to take him home!”
To Jackson’s family thank you for choosing to adopt a shelter dog and for keeping us up-to-date on Jackson’s progress. We’re wishing you guys many more years of happiness!
Created by Chapter 193 of the Acts of 2012, the Homeless Animal Prevention and Care Fund will help animals by reducing the number of homeless cats and dogs and will provide training to animal control officers.
So, please invest in the responsible care of animals by giving on line 32f!
All photos courtesy of Massachusetts Homeless Animal Prevention and Care Fund
The six dogs that the ARL’s Rescue Team removed from the Lynnfield hoarding house a few weeks ago underwent a dramatic transformation thanks to The Broadway Dog Spa in South Boston. The ARL doesn’t have professional groomers on staff, so whenever we take in a dog with a dire need for grooming, we rely on support from local businesses to help the dog look his or her best.
From the moment we took in the Lynnfield dogs we knew that they needed to see a groomer as soon as possible! All of their coats were overgrown and some were caked in feces and urine. Not only was a good grooming important to the dogs getting adopted, it was important to their overall health and self esteem.
The Broadway Dog Spa generously agreed to donate their grooming services to help. Take a look through our before and after photos and you’ll see the dramatic transformation. They look like entirely different dogs!
Most importantly, the grooming seemed to change their dispositions. They were clearly happier after their grooming. The dog with the most obvious shift was Zorro. Initially, very timid, he would hide in the back of his kennel and cower. Immediately after his grooming it was as though a huge weight had been lifted off of him. His tail wouldn’t stop wagging and he would run to the front of his kennel, eager for attention.
Today’s Thank You Thursday is dedicated to Michelle at The Broadway Dog Spa for coming to the aid of these dogs and generously donating grooming services to the ARL. Thank you!
President Mary Nee Spoke About Animal Cruelty Awareness & Prevention
Volunteer programs manager, Debby Vogel and ARL president, Mary Nee with Turtle .
Yesterday was Humane Lobby Day for animals and our staff, volunteers and our canine advocate, Turtle, hit the steps of the Massachusetts State House running!
This year’s Humane Lobby Day boasted record high attendance and we were proud to be able to help show legislators how deeply voters feel about animal welfare.
Our team of over 20 staff and volunteers made sure everyone at the event knew exactly who the Animal Rescue League of Boston is and what type of work we do in Massachusetts.
ARL president Mary Nee was one of the key speakers at the event. Her speech emphasized the importance of legislation that protects animals like Puppy Doe, and countless others, from cruelty and suffering.
Our canine advocate, Turtle, enjoyed the spotlight at Humane Lobby Day. With her red “SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING” t-shirt, TURTLE, a former bait dog who was found barely clinging to life almost 4 years ago, shared our important message about animal cruelty awareness! If you see or suspect animal abuse, say something by calling your local authorities.
She mingled with everyone from ARL president Mary Nee, to animal welfare advocates to state representatives, including Rep. David Linsky of Natick, sharing her story with everyone she met.
We’d like to extend our thanks to our volunteers, without whom we would never have been able to get our message and legislative agenda out to all 160 representatives and 40 senators! The ARL has the best volunteers in the world and we are so grateful for all they do!
ARL president, Mary Nee speaking at Humane Lobby Day.
Turtle in front of our table.
Turtle was the best canine advocate anyone could ask for!